ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
REGISTER
LOGIN
ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
Sunday Jun 19, 2022

Fans shocked as Saracens half back escapes red

The Premiership final between Leicester Tigers and Saracens was a pulsating game from start to finish. Both sides attempted to impose themselves tactically and physically over the other – which saw large amounts of kicking and one or two questionable tackles.

Now the dust has settled on a final fit for the brilliant Gallagher Premiership season, and everyone has stopped watching clips of Freddie Burns‘ dramatic last minute drop goal; specific moments within the 80 minutes can be looked at in more detail.

ADVERTISEMENT

One of these moments was Saracens scrum half Aled Davies’ yellow card late in the first 40. Davies was sin binned for a shoulder to head tackle on Leicester hooker Julian Montoya but questions were raised at the time over whether the colour of the card should have been red.

The officiating team on the day, led by Wayne Barnes, supported their decision of a yellow card by saying there was mitigation in the drop of height by Montoya and also the fact that Davies’ tackle was not dominant.

This however has sparked a larger debate rather than clarify the issue. Many supporters and pundits, such as Andy Goode, have questioned whether a backs tackle against a forward could ever be dominant –  and what the result would have been if it was the other way round.

Which then raises the question of if a smaller player commits foul play against someone much larger than themselves could it ever result in a red card.

ADVERTISEMENT

Alternatively, ex-England captain Lawrence Dallaglio supported the decision of Wayne Barnes and when speaking to BT Sport, clarified that he too saw a drop in height which warranted only a yellow.

It must also be said that Barnes had a very strong game along with the rest of the officiating team and the game flowed extremeky well.

Although the decision did not have a large bearing on the game, it seems as though rugby lawmakers are at another crossroads when it comes to tackling.

ADVERTISEMENT

This incident coupled with the numerous debatable tackles in the semi-final between Saracens and Harlequins has put player safety and high tackles under the spotlight once again.

Rugby has always been, and will continue to be, a very hard game to officiate and it is important to remember that referees at any level deserves tremendous respect for what they do.

However, moments like this (whether it was the correct decision or not) and the subjectivity of the laws often leaves fans rather confused at what the framework is.

Nevertheless, Aled Davies’ tackle and the resulting card did not overshadow the final, and was definitely not the moment everyone was talking about afterwards – enter Freddie Burns stage left.

Comments




Related Articles

  • 89 WEEKS AGO

    New Zealand Rugby Brawl

  • 90 WEEKS AGO

    Must see all in brawl

  • 91 WEEKS AGO

    Shocking head shot in Ireland game sparks...



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Five of the best tries from the Investec Champions Cup

  • 11 WEEKS AGO

    The dummy that sold the whole of Perth - including the cameraman

  • 11 WEEKS AGO

    Bayonne score 'one of the best tries you'll ever see' in latest match against Exeter

  • 12 WEEKS AGO

    Baloucoune shows Andy Farrell what he's missing as the winger tears through Harlequins defence

  • 24 WEEKS AGO

    Seriously impressive Courtney Lawes compilation released after England player calls time on international career

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Fiji Drua player Lomani slapped with ban following elbow attack

  • 10 WEEKS AGO

    The sending off that rocked the Six Nations opener

  • 11 WEEKS AGO

    Wrecking ball beats 10 players to score full length of the pitch try

  • 20 WEEKS AGO

    Streaker causes major bust up as he tackles player

  • 21 WEEKS AGO

    Monster hit from Perrin leaves Bristol Bears player stunned

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Tickets now on sale as World XV set to face France in thrilling encounter

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    '60 metres, plus change' - massive drop goal stuns fans

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Referee makes 'tackle of the season' as he gets too close to the action

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Christian Wade proves he still has the X-factor with 50 metre mazy finish for Racing 92

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Magical sevens try leaves defender stuck in the mud

View All

Funnies

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    George Ford falls victim to the kickers curse

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Awesome scenes as Blitzbok fan throws down at the HSBC SVNS

  • 7 WEEKS AGO

    Mike Philips recounts crazy night Shane Williams tried to fight Warren Gatland

  • 11 WEEKS AGO

    Shaun Edwards leaves room silent in new Six Nations documentary with French to English transition

  • 20 WEEKS AGO

    Streaker causes major bust up as he tackles player

View All

Amateur

  • 65 WEEKS AGO

    You Won’t See Many Better Than This Silky-Smooth Try From Llandovery RFC

  • 66 WEEKS AGO

    Incredible Scenes As Caldy RFC Hand Ealing First Championship Defeat Of The Season

  • 89 WEEKS AGO

    Dubious Score Decides Result Of Rugby's Biggest Schools Fixture

  • 89 WEEKS AGO

    Incredible Scenes At School Boys Rugby Match

  • 89 WEEKS AGO

    The Next Dominant Backrow?

View All

Player Features

  • 16 HOURS AGO

    Mitch Drummond pays tribute to the Mo'unga family in emotional interview

  • 18 HOURS AGO

    Julian Savea rolls back the years with 'bus' style finish

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Saracens announce double retirement as club heads into rebuilding era

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Fiji Drua player Lomani slapped with ban following elbow attack

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Adam Hastings to exit Gloucester as new club confirmed

View All